Recent Projects

Moira

My name is Moira and I moved to England when I was 12 years old. I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leicester. During my first year at University I was denied student support and couldn’t afford to pay the full amount. I applied to Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation for assistance and they sponsored me the rest of the money I needed to pay my first year tuition fees. I also couldn’t afford my second and third year tuition fees. I applied again for both years, and was assisted each time. During my third year I decided to change from a BEng in mechanical engineering to an MEng which required a further year to complete. I then applied to

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Stokes Wood Primary School

We are a school for 3-11 year olds on the edge of the New Parks council estate, close to Groby Road. The proportion of pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is well above the national average, as is the proportion eligible for free school meals. We wanted to take part in the Forest Schools programme. The programme aims to encourage and inspire through positive outdoor experiences. Without the funding, children would not have been able to access these activities. The whole school was able to benefit from the grant we received. The children used the outdoors to design, build, compose and evaluate. The activities ranged from autumn leaves collages and Halloween Art to designing animal homes and making shelters which

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Phil

I had been in and out of jobs for years, mainly agency work. I couldn’t find an employer who would take me on permanently or even long term. With my debts starting to add up I became very negative, even depressed. With the grant from Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation I got to do my Forklift Truck training – which in itself was a godsend as it gave me something to get up for! Within an hour of getting my final forklift licence I had a job as a Bendi Forklift driver! I love where I now work, and wouldn’t have got here without the Foundation. I’d like to thank everybody involved. When I came to you I felt like I

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Jak

My name is Jak and I am 18 years old. I have been singing, dancing and acting from the age of 6, competing throughout the UK. I have won several major titles including Senior English Song and Dance Champion for 2 consecutive years and English Tap Champion. My dream has always been to be on the West End and I took every opportunity to perform. I was a member of two amateur theatre groups and had lead roles in productions of Joseph, Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story and this year performed as Jean Val Jean in Les Miserables, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors and the highlight was playing the lead role of Sweeney Todd in the musical

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Slater Primary School

Slater Primary School is a small school, which is situated in the heart of Leicester. The school has above the national average percentage of pupils who are EAL or have free school meals. Last academic year, with support from Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation, we took the Year 6 children on an overnight residential to London. This was so the children could see, experience and appreciate some important aspects of our capital city. On the residential the children visited Hyde Park, saw some important sites, had a ride on the London Eye and attended an excellent theatre production. All of the children enjoyed their experiences of the residential and understood more about their capital city. The children learnt key facts about

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Richard

My name is Richard, I am 24 years old and in the final year of my PhD. I was born and raised in Leicester, attending local state schools. I really struggled through my early education, receiving less than impressive A Level results. The opportunity to attend DMU to study Mechanical Engineering was the turning point of my educational career and allowed me to show what I could really do on an academic level. I obtained a First Class Honours Degree in 2011 and was then offered the opportunity of a scholarship to undertake research in the form of a PhD programme. It was during the first year of PhD that I was diagnosed with Dyslexia. This diagnosis has helped me

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St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School

St.Patrick’s Catholic Primary School is situated in the Belgrave area of Leicester. The school serves a wide community from many different cultural backgrounds, with a number of families new to the UK. A lot of the children live in rented accommodation, terraced houses or flats with very little or no gardens. Many parents worry about letting their children out to play because of crime in the area. Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation helped the school purchase large play equipment to make the pupils’ playtimes fun and adventurous!

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